A:My early days at Syracuse were good, I got to play in a few games as a freshman which then lead me to be able to compete for the starting free safety position my sophomore year. I ended up winning the starting position my sophomore year and I was the starter from that point on.
Q:When did you realize you could actually play in the NFL?
A: I realized I could play in the NFL at the age of 5 because I knew that's what I wanted to do. A dream is like a ladder, you just have to take the steps to get there. But as I went through high school and all the college letters started coming, I started realizing my dream was getting closer, so I worked harder. After winning the starting position (when I got to Syracuse) I started making plays and comparing myself to the NFL bound competition throughout college, so my motivation was to be the best and if not remain amongst the top competitors. I had good senior year- I was ranked in the top 10 safeties in college football and the top 5 (depends on who's giving their opinion), but none the less I was amongst the top players in college football. When I accomplished that goal I knew I was league bound! I just had to keep doing me. After the season, I was invited to the Senior Bowl and NFL combine. I did well in those and from there I got drafted in the 3 Round.
Q:Draft night, something us football fans dream about... describe that night.
A:The night before draft day I planned on getting up early, getting out the house and just waiting on a phone call from one of the teams. Well I started out good waking up early and getting out the house but the problem was I didn't have much to do. I ended up back in the house earlier then I wanted to be so I was trying to do stuff to occupy my time, but everything was getting boring quick so I turned on the t.v. I put it on the station the draft was on and watched it for a little... seen that a lot of defensive backs were getting picked because we had a good class, so I knew my time was coming up soon. I got a phone call shortly after from Bill Cowher asking me would I like to come play for the Pittsburgh Steelers- and my answer was obviously yes! I was about to become a part of the the standard that the Steel Curtain had set, so I knew shit was about to get real.
Q:They say the thing that players aren't ready for in the NFL is the speed of play. True?
A:The speed is definitely different from college- every position is faster, which speeds up the game. It's like anything else though, once you get used to the speed it slows down visually for you but the game is still played fast.
Q:What techniques did you use in training to improve your on field play physically?
A:When it came to training I did what everyone else did- I just pushed myself more to see how strong I could become. There are no special tricks or techniques I did to enhance my play, it was just pure extra hard work to become a better me.
Q:What was your diet like?
A:My eating habits were mainly high sources of protein- steak, fish, baked chicken, potatoes, etc. I also ate lots of fruit, drank lots of natural water, some fruit juices and healthy snacks suck as crackers, peanuts and fruit snacks.
Q:Who was the best teammate you ever had?
A:I never had a specific player who was my best teammate, we all are like a band of brothers. I got great advice and guidance from all of my older teammates, which was always a big help. Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Charles Woodson are just a few names of the brotherhood that I had formed while playing in the NFL.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:Whats next for me in my career after football is music, I have a very similar passion for music as I did for football. I think that's where I can pour my energy into with my heart and feel good about it. I go by the childhood nickname King Kufu. I'm almost trying to make some corporate America moves and build some business in that field. I also have a 1 year old son (which is my only) that I have more time to spend with to help him grow, so that's a blessing in itself.
Q:Can you give us all of social media handles?
A:You can contact me on social media sites such as twitter, my name is @antkingsmith, on Facebook you can reach me by searching Anthony Smith- by my email firstname.lastname@example.org, soundcloud.com ,02 Her Body by Face Card Bosses http://soundcloud.com/face-card-bosses/02-her-body on #SoundCloud and my Instagram is @antkingsmith.
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com